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When is the CCIE – X Changing?!?!

Here is a question I still get very frequently – “Anthony – have you heard anything about the CCIE R&S changing soon???” In fact, you can insert any of the CCIE tracks where you see R&S in the question. 🙂


This post is a reminder of the golden rule that Cisco follows with their CCIE Lab Exams…when they OFFICIALLY announce a change in the CCIE Lab Exam Blueprint for any track, there is a six month counter that starts upon the official announcement. That is right! What a great safeguard in your preparation. Now you know that even if they announce a change, you are guaranteed six months from that announcement before the change actually takes effect.

Notice how I highlighted the word officially. Many times, there will be speculative posts, and even preliminary posts by Cisco themselves. So how do you know what is the official announcement? It will be posted on the CCIE News section of Cisco.com.

For some students this would not be nearly enough time to be prepared if they just started their studies, but for others that are deep in their prep – this is an excellent safeguard.

Happy studies and I would love to see your comments or answer any of your questions here.

CCIE Security Lab Version 4 VPN Topic Checklist

As I start back in my CCIE Security studies, I am going to start with the Lab items for VPNs – here they are:

  • Understanding Cryptographic Protocols (ISAKMP, IKEv1 and IKEv2, ESP, Authentication Header, CA)
  • IPsec VPN Architecture on Cisco IOS Software and Cisco ASA Security Appliance
  • Configuring VPNs Using ISAKMP Profiles
  • Configuring VPNs Using IPsec Profiles
  • GRE over IPsec Using IPsec Profiles

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CCIE Security Lab Version 4.0 Equipment List

One of the exciting and challenging aspects of the CCIE Security Version 4.0 Lab Exam is the fact that there are many important security devices and operating systems that we must master. Here is the list that we should be ready for.

Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR G2)
Cisco ISR Series running IOS Software Version 15.1(x)T and 15.2(x)T
We can expect about 6 of these routers

Cisco Catalyst 3560-24TS Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560/3750 Series Switches running Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2SE/15.0(x)SE
We can expect about 6 of these switches Continue reading CCIE Security Lab Version 4.0 Equipment List